30 Day Vegetarian Challenge by Matej B

Hello, I am Matej and I decided to become a vegetarian for a month and I challenged a few other people to do the same. They accepted the challenge.

At first I thought that being vegetarian for a month was going to be hard but surprisingly it was really easy to be honest.

I found some recipes online and here are some foods me and my friends tried, so if your deciding to go vegetarian or try going vegetarian try some of these foods.

For breakfast I usually had eggs and Quorn or I had Porridge with honey and it was surprisingly really good. My friend suggested the Honey and Porridge

For Lunch I tried a Homemade Cheese Pizza which was really good and I also tried pasta with Quorn and sauce.

For dinner I tried Vegetarian burgers which had cauliflower and it was amazing, I was really surprised by how healthy and not hungry you can be by just eating some vegetables and some substitute meat.

I didn’t even have to kill an animal to get some food.

I really hoped you guys enjoyed this little blog that I made.

https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/category/vegetarian

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Griffith College Legal Debate by Tola I

Wednesday the 8th of March was a great day for several Beaufort College students. On that day, the Beaufort College Debating Society took part in an esteemed debating competition; The Griffith College Legal Debate. We were lucky to be one of the ten schools participating that day. The speakers that day were Tiernan Murray, Eboni Burke, Daniel Orefuwa and I. We also had a number of supporters who followed us that day, Cody Creighton, Colm Flood, Ben Crowley and Matthew Keane.

Before the actual debate, there was a lot of preparation involved. To confirm our entry into the debate, we had to submit a 1,500 word speech. The speech was due the Tuesday before the debate and each school was given the motion before the midterm break. Unfortunately, we only had the weekend before it was due to write the speech! Thankfully we did it with exactly 1,502 words on Tuesday evening.

We arrived at the Griffith College campus at around 10 o’clock filled with excitement and nervousness. The room was filled with anticipation as we sized up the competition. The other schools seemed just as prepared as we were.

We were the fourth competition of the day as each was between two schools. This meant that we had over an hour to touch up our speeches, or in Tiernan’s case, write his speech!

The debate went smoothly and while we didn’t win our debate, Eboni won best speaker of the day! It was a refreshing experience as we were only used to Leinster style debates which typically involve 16 people debating against each other at once. I really enjoyed the day and I’m sure my fellow debaters did too!

Book Review by Sibilla S on Once by Morris Gleitzman

The story takes place during World War Two in Poland. The main characters are  Felix and Zelda. Felix is a Jewish kid left in an orphanage by his parents who work as book sellers. Zelda was an a girl who was saved by Felix  from an a burning house. Felix escapes from the orphanage and finds his way back to his old housse and tries to save his parents. I would recommend this book to anyone of any age because it makes you think very differently about war. I respected the bravery of the main character Felix. I was frustrated by the ending of this book, you have to read the next one called Then to find out what happens to Felix. I would give this book ten out of ten because it is one of the best books I’ve ever read.

You can read more about the author at this website

http://www.morrisgleitzman.com/

 

 

Dangers of Democracy by Udo U

After many years of frustration with the political system in Nigeria I wanted to investigate the issues with democracy. Democracy, as described by Abraham Lincoln is a government of the people, by the people and for the people.

In order to work, a representative democracy, requires a system of institutions, the constitution and the law. The constitution is a set of rules written or unwritten, that will show how an election will be conducted and the rights and responsibility of all citizens of the country.

The vote is a tool that is used by every legitimate citizen of a certain age to elect a new president or prime minister and office for the new administration. A vote that can change the course of a country’s development. This why it is important that the populous is educated in civics and how politics works, not only that, but the electorate should have to be made up of responsible human beings, so that the most capable and skilled president is chosen not the most popular person.

Democracy is perhaps not best form of government, but relatively it is the best choice, so the flaws have to be brought out and corrected.

I think neither the majority nor the minority should rule but those people who have all the great skill that being a president requires.

My solutions to the problem of democracy in many countries are as follows.

  1. Voters should be educated on issues they are voting for and the same for their representatives.My reasons for this are that a large amount of voters could easily remain ignorant of a representatives true intentions, and so a demagogue could easily come to power in a country of low literacy.
  2. There needs to be better ways to limit the power of politicians, especially in developing countries. They shouldn’t be able to raise their own salaries, hire cronies and legislature on their retirements and so on. Above all they should not have the power to lead countries into financial ruin, due to sheer ignorance.
  3. Voting should never be mandatory.
  4. Politics should not be a fulltime job or even a career and politicians should only work in their political roles for a few years, before returning to their normal lives. However before being able to serve they must pass a test to demonstrate basic proficiency in a number of subjects related to their future work.

My interest in this topic was prompted by book Intelligence for the 21st Century: A middle way between West and East, by Nicolas Bergruen. I was also inspired by a YouTube channel called the (School of Life), here’s a link to the video, Why Socrates hated democracy.democracy

Óisin Meets Óisin

I had the privilege to have an extra workshop with author Óisin McGann. Instead of talking about writing he taught us a little bit of drawing. He taught us about the face, hands and perception. Personally I loved this as I am big into art and love it. My favourite thing about the lesson was to see his style of drawing and finally being able to draw hands.

Óisin McGann is an author/illustrator and has many books published in his name.  One in particular, the Mad Grandad series which he talked about the most. He talked about how he used to think authors had to draw their own pictures for their own books. I thought it was funny when he pointed out small, little things like the kids t-shirt’s face has the same emotions as the kid in the  Mad Grandad books. In my opinion I thought the extra two hours were very thoughtful of our librarian, Ms McDermott, to put together for the Write Knights Creative Writing Club. It was an amazing experience for all of us and I loved the time off working.  mad-grandad

M.E.P Meet Up by Kyle C – First Year

On Thursday, 12th of January, Beaufort College was honoured to receive Mairéad McGuiness M.E.P. and Vice President of the European Parliament as our special guest for a talk with some of our students, including the members of our own Beaufort Debating Society.
At lunchtime, just as it began to snow, Mairéad joined Ms. Crowcock in her front office. Of course, standing outside Ms. Crowcock’s office is as good a photo opportunity as any. Once the perfect shot was taken, (I unfortunately have no good side…) we began our journey towards the library. On our way, Mairead asked myself and Matthew general questions about the school, such as “do we enjoy school”, “do we have any political views”, and the like.
Upon arrival, another photo opportunity was seized, myself and Matthew K having to smile for the camera for a second time in about three minutes. Mairéad was shown into the library with Matthew and I taking our seats. Before we began our Q&A as it were, Mairéad asked the students for some topical issues that affect Ireland. She was given replies such as, ‘abortion’, ‘Brexit’, and ‘water charges’.
The Q&A flowed smoothly with some students providing exceptional questions, some which I felt Mairéad could have answered a bit better. I offered a theory which could see oil rigs turned into sustainable energy platforms. I then asked her for her views on the matter. Her reply was that “oil companies wouldn’t like that,” so I decided to pursue it no further. President-Elect Donald Trump was discussed at length by Mairéad and the students, as was her level of fame.
At the end of our Q&A, just as school’s end drew near, Mairead’s P.A. asked us all to bunch in for a photo with Mairéad at the centre. Then, the crowd disbanded and Matthew, Wiktoria, Eboni and I once again escorted Mairéad, but to our Youth Café, where we left her to meet some other staff.
Despite a couple of criticisms about what I felt were vague responses to particular questions, it really was an honour to be able to meet a woman of such political influence and of power.
Thanks all,
Kyle C 1st year

Welcome to my world – A Pentecostal Church Service by Tola I

I wanted to write a little about my church. A Pentecostal church is by definition a church that places special emphasis on a direct personal experience of God through the baptism with the Holy Spirit. I feel that we express this experience through our worship of God in our service, especially our Sunday service! Every Sunday, we begin with Call to Worship. Basically, this is a quick five minute worship session where we prepare ourselves for the service and really get ourselves in the mood to meet God another day.

Following Call to Worship is Sunday Devotion. This session is a quick ten minute reading of a devotional. The one we always read is Open Heaven by Pastor E. A Adeboye. He is the general overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God and our church is a parish or RCCG.

According to our tradition to be a spiritual Christian, you must know about God. This is the purpose of Sunday school. Now, before anyone reading this freaks out, let me make something clear. Sunday school is not like a long seven hour meeting where you are counting down the hours until you get to go home! It’s actually quite short, a mere 45 minutes, or at least it is quite short in my church. It is a chance for us to ask questions that we may not have the time to ask during the sermon and a time for us to learn more about God. Sunday school is definitely one of my favourite part of the Sunday service. It really opens up my eyes to aspects of God that I wouldn’t have understood without the help of my Youth pastor and this time.

Then it’s time to dance! Praise and Worship is definitely at the top of my list of favourites! It is really the best time to let loose, forget everyone else and focus on God. Praise songs are typically fast and upbeat songs embodied by the piano, the guitar and most of all the drums! The choir lead the congregation into a period of rejoicing and thanking God.

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Worship follows the praise session. Worship is to honour with extravagant love and extreme submission and we express this love typically through slow songs. Now obviously, there are worship songs that are upbeat and vice versa for praise songs. But, I believe the reason for mostly singing slow songs during worship is so that we can reflect on and consider who God is and what He is doing in our lives.

To keep us in the mood, worship is quickly followed by Liberty Prayers. Liberty Prayers are quick prayers that reflect the theme of the month. This month’s theme is Christian Character, so for example, we would pray about having patience, loving others etc. Though short, Liberty Prayers are effective in getting the point across and enabling us to pray on topical aspects of our lives. We normally conclude the prayers with the hymn of the week! Next is the choir’s Special Number. Just like the Liberty Prayers, the Special Number is based on the theme of the month. Each week, there is a different song, some are fast, some are slow but all are enjoyable!

Then we have a sermon given by the Pastor. The sermon is one of the most important part of the service. It is said that if you didn’t come to Sunday school and you missed the sermon then you didn’t come to church! Our Pastor gives us amazing sermons each week. The sermons again are concentrated on the theme of the month, but each opens your eyes to a new aspect of God and Christian life in general. The last few sections of the service quickly follow. There is Tithes and Offering, in which we part with a few coins or notes and give it to God. Tithes and Offering is never an enormous amount of money, it’s must be, however, something meaningful. The concluding section of the service is the Announcements and then the Grace. And that’s it! I know it may seem long, but when you are there and in God’s presence, you forget time and next thing you know, you’re saying Amen to the Grace! I really enjoy every Sunday service!